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Winter weather challenges Georgia’s continuity of operations

Will Georgia's new continuity of operations plan work?
Will Georgia's new continuity of operations plan work?

Two weeks ago, the Peach State endured its first experience with winter weather in quite some time and it caused a mess of problems for commuters, school children and businesses.

Snow totals reached nearly three inches and a layer of ice formed on roads, causing at least 12 traffic-related deaths, BBC reported. Governor Nathan Deal received a significant portion of the blame in the media and this time around, he says that the state will be more prepared for the wintry mix that is in the forecast this week.

"I think we're certainly ahead of the game this time and that's important," Deal told reporters on Monday. "We're trying to be ready and prepared and react as quickly as possible."

During the late January storm, residents were stuck in traffic anywhere between 9 to 20 hours. This time, Atlanta is not taking any chances with its continuity of operations plan. Trucks were already on en route to apply a layer of sand and rock salt on Monday night, according to CNN. Furthermore, schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

This will be the first time the state will be utilizing the severe weather task force, which consists of 32 people who work in hospitals, road maintenance and utility companies. Through the collaboration of these people and the National Guard, Georgians should be able to get through the 1-to-6-inch storm without the problems that emerged during the last snowstorm.

Because the storm has yet to occur in the Southeastern United States, it is unclear if Georgia did enough to keep residents and business owners safe from weather-related dangers. Other communities that feel they need to revamp their weather preparation efforts can benefit from working with business continuity consultants as well.